Power Air Quality  Insights  
No. 69  August 16, 2012





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·        “Hot Topic Hour” on Friday, August 24, 2012 to Cover Mega Symposium Highlights 

·        McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration

·        Headlines for the August 10, 2012 – Utility E-Alert

·        Industrial Air Pollution Control Revenues in China to Exceed $23 Billion in 2013

·        Where do Renewables Fit in the Energy Picture?



“Hot Topic Hour” on Friday, August 24, 2012 to Cover Mega Symposium Highlights 


Our Hot Topic Hour next week will again be on Friday at 10 a.m. not Thursday so that we can cover the highlights of MEGA.

The MEGA Symposium, August 20-23, 2012 in Baltimore will address issues related to power plant air emissions through the combined efforts of four key industry players – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA).

There is a workshop on Sunday and a program on Monday through Thursday. There will be parallel sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Current 2012 Exhibitors (Monday 5-7, Tuesday 9-7 and Wednesday 9-4)

ADA Carbon Solutions
ADA Environmental Solutions
Air Hygiene
Air Monitor Power
Airtek Construction
Allied Environmental Solutions, Inc.
Apex Instruments
Babcock & Wilcox
Babcock Power Inc.
Bechtel Power Corporation
Black & Veatch Corporation
Breen Energy Corporation
Calgon Carbon Corporation
Carmeuse Lime & Stone
CEM Service Group
Cemtek Environmental, Inc.
CleanAir Engineering
Clyde Bergemann Power Group
Coalogix SCR-Tech
Duechting Pumps North America
Environmental Resources Management, Inc.
Ershigs, Inc.
Fibrex Corporation
FMC Corporation
Fuel Tech, Inc.
Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura Business
Hadek Protective Systems
Haldor Topsoe, Inc.
Hitachi Power Systems
Horiba Instruments
ICL-IP America, Inc.
Lechler, Inc.
Lhoist North America
M&C TechGroup
Mcilvaine Company
Mississippi Lime Company
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Nalco Mobotec
Nol-Tec Systems, Inc.
Norit Americas
Ohio Lumex Company
Ormantine USA Ltd, Inc.
Pall Corporation
Plasticon North America
Praxair, Inc.
Proco Products, Inc.
RPS Composites, Inc.
Solvay Chemicals, Inc.
Southern Research Institute
Spectrum Systems, Inc.
Steag Energy Services LLC
STEBBINS Engineering
Thermo Scientific
United Conveyor Corporation
United States Lime & Minerals
URS Corporation
Vim Technologies, Inc.


For more information on Mega Symposium, click on: http://megasymposium.org/wps/


To register for the Hot Topic Hour on Friday, August 24, 2012 click on:



McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration

On Thursday at 10 a.m. Central time, McIlvaine hosts a 90 minute web meeting on important energy and pollution control subjects. Power webinars are free for subscribers to either Power Plant Air Quality Decisions or Utility Environmental Upgrade Tracking System. The cost is $125.00 for non-subscribers. Market Intelligence webinars are free to McIlvaine market report.




Non-Subscribers Cost


Webinar Type

August 24, 2012  Friday


Report from Mega Symposium (highlights of speeches and exhibitions at this important air pollution conference)



August 30, 2012


Pumps for Power Plants, Boilers and Water Treatment Facilities Combined Cycle Plants



September 6, 2012


Material Handling in Coal-fired Power Plants



September 13, 2012


Instruments and Technology for On-line Boiler Monitoring



September 27, 2012


Coal-fired Boiler Optimization



October 11, 2012


Air Preheaters & Heat Exchangers



October 18, 2012


Instrumentation for air, gas, water, liquids (forecasts, market shares, growth segments)

Market Intelligence


October 25, 2012


Cooling Towers and Cooling Water Issues



November 1, 2012


FGD Scrubber Components



November 8, 2012


Dampers and Expansion Joints for Coal-fired and Gas Turbine Power Plants



November 15, 2012


Catalyst Selection for NOx and Other Gases



November 29, 2012


Boiler Feed and Cooling Water Treatment



December 6, 2012


Co-firing Sewage Sludge, Biomass and Municipal Waste



December 13, 2012


Update on Oxy-fuel Combustion



January 10, 2013


Production of Fertilizer and Sulfuric Acid at Coal-fired Power Plants



January 17, 2013


Gypsum Dewatering



January 24, 2013


Filter media (forecasts and market drivers for media used in air, gas, liquid, fluid applications, both mobile and stationary)      

  Market Intelligence


January 31, 2013


Valves for Power Plants, Boilers and Water Treatment Facilities      








Here are the Headlines for the August 10, 2012 – Utility E-Alert




#1087 – August 10, 2012


Table of Contents


























For more information on the Utility Environmental Upgrade Tracking System, click on: http://www.mcilvainecompany.com/brochures/energy.html#42ei.




Industrial Air Pollution Control Revenues in China to Exceed $23 Billion in 2013


Suppliers of air pollution control equipment and consumables will achieve sales of $23.9 billion in China next year.  This is the latest forecast in an aggregation of McIlvaine market reports.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)


Chinese Industrial Air Pollution Market



2013 Revenues

$ Billions for New Systems

2013 Revenues

$ Billions for Repair and Replacement

2013 Total Revenues

$ Billions

Power Plant Desulfurization




Fabric Filters




Electrostatic Precipitators








Industrial Scrubber




Industrial Thermal/Catalytic




Air Monitoring (Industrial)









* Includes bags

** includes catalyst but only industrial and not mobile


The emphasis is shifting toward reliable and consistent performance as well as to higher removal requirements even for existing facilities. Power plants in the vicinity of large cities will have to upgrade the efficiency of their installed FGD systems by 2014.  This program plus the expanding purchase of reagents such as limestone, lime and treatment chemicals will raise the investment in FGD to $7.5 billion in 2013.

The repair and replacement costs for electrostatic precipitators are due to the very large installed base in China. In addition to purchases of catalysts operators of NOx control systems are facing costs for failed systems and components.

The chemical, iron and steel and mining industry will be major purchasers of scrubbers in the industrial category.  The industrial market for thermal treatment will be small. These numbers do not reflect the very large and rapidly growing mobile market which is addressed in another McIlvaine report.

The market for air monitoring instrumentation is growing robustly and will exceed $1.7 billion in 2013.

For more information on:


FGD World Markets, click on: http://www.mcilvainecompany.com/brochures/air.html#N027


World Fabric Filter and Element Market, click on:



Electrostatic Precipitators: World Market, click on:



Scrubber/Adsorber/Biofilter World Markets, click on: 



Thermal/Catalytic World Air Pollution Markets, click on:



Air & Water Pollution Monitoring World Markets, click on:  http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=106extsup1.asp




Where do Renewables Fit in the Energy Picture?


The lower cost of natural gas is causing many to reevaluate the energy picture. McIlvaine’s Renewable Energy Projects and Update brings subscribers the latest thinking on the subject.


Black & Veatch Report: Electric Utility Industry Undergoing Structural Evolution

Black & Veatch’s sixth annual Strategic Directions in the U.S. Electric Utility Industry Report shows that the electric utility industry is starting to change how it operates. Factors ranging from electric vehicles and renewable energy growth, to water supply issues and efforts to improve customer access to information, are driving this shift.


“Utilities are evolving in a manner that will redefine core functions such as power production, distribution and customer service,” said John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch’s management consulting division. “Driven by new technology and regulatory shifts, we are seeing the impact across all aspects of the electric industry.”


Each year, Black & Veatch produces a report based on an industry survey and expert analysis. Among the findings from this year’s report indicate:


       Utility leaders are starting to “see gold” in green programs. The industry’s view on renewable energy is shifting from one of doubt to one of opportunity.

       More than two-thirds of respondents stated that renewables could provide benefits in the form of customer and regulatory relations, investment incentives and future revenue generation.


       More than 40 percent have begun the process to modify their service models to account for distributed generation resources, such as rooftop solar.

       Utility leaders, on average, estimate that electric vehicles will account for 7 percent of overall electric load by 2025. The 7 percent projection, however, requires exponential growth in electric vehicle sales. 

       Solar is the top-ranked traditional renewable technology for the second year in a row. Most notably, it was the top-ranked renewable technology in all geographic regions of the country.

       The industry’s view on coal is rapidly changing. Last year, 81.5 percent stated that they believe there is a future for coal in the United States “when fiscal realities are fully considered.” This year, less than 60 percent believe this statement.


EIA Examines Alternate Scenarios for the Future of U.S. Energy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the complete version of Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) which, in addition to the reference case projections, includes 29 alternative cases which show how different assumptions regarding market, policy, and technology drivers affect projections of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future.


"Uncertainty is inherent in long-term projections," said EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski. "By modeling scenarios using a range of assumptions about market, policy, and technology drivers, we gain a better understanding of the potential impacts in critical areas of uncertainty."


Key results highlighted in AEO2012 include:


       The rate of growth in energy use slows over the projection period, reflecting moderate population growth, an extended economic recovery, and increasing energy efficiency in end-use applications.


       Overall U.S. energy consumption grows at an average annual rate of 0.3 percent from 2010 through 2035 in the AEO2012 Reference case. The U.S. does not return to the levels of energy demand growth experienced in the 20 years prior to the 2008-2009 recession, because of more moderate projected economic growth and population growth, coupled with increasing levels of energy efficiency and rising energy prices.

       Existing Federal and State energy requirements and incentives play a continuing role in requiring more efficient technologies. New Federal and State policies could lead to further reductions in energy consumption. The potential impact of technology change and the proposed vehicle fuel efficiency standards on energy consumption are examined in several cases in the AEO2012.


Although the current trend toward increased use of natural gas and renewables appears fairly robust, there is uncertainty about the factors influencing the fuel mix for electricity generation. AEO2012 includes several cases examining the impacts on coal-fired plant generation and retirements resulting from different paths for electricity demand growth, coal and natural gas prices, and compliance with environmental rules.


Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions grow slowly in the AEO2012 Reference case, due to a combination of modest economic growth, growing use of renewable technologies and fuels, efficiency improvements, slow growth in electricity demand, and increased use of natural gas, which is less carbon-intensive than other fossil fuels.


ADB, UNEP, GEF to Finance Climate-Friendly Technologies in Asia

A new Climate Technology Network and Finance Center will expand the availability of low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies in Asia and the Pacific with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), with core funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


“The countries of Asia and the Pacific need to rapidly deploy new technologies capable of decoupling their growth from high emissions of greenhouse gases, and they need to build their resilience to climate change impacts,” said S. Chander, Director-General of ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department.


The technology finance center will be set up in Manila, Philippines, to be managed by ADB, while the climate technology network secretariat will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, to be managed by UNEP.


The new center will help mobilize financing for clean technology by folding technology considerations into national investment plans and strategies, and by piloting innovative financing mechanisms. The network, meanwhile, will provide complementary technical support and policy advice and be a forum for knowledge sharing.


A pilot technology marketplace to spur transactions in climate-friendly technologies will also be established.



National Legislation in Four Member States Still Not in Line with EU Rules

Increasing the share of renewable energy to 20 percent in the EU energy consumption by 2020 relies on the commitment of Member States to fully implement the requirements of EU legislation.


The Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) had to be transposed by Member States by December 5, 2010. The timely transposition of this directive is a priority for the Commission, especially since unnecessary delays in implementing it may jeopardize the achievement of the EU renewable energy objective. However, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Slovenia have not informed the Commission of all the measures necessary to fully transpose the directive into their national legislation.


Therefore, the Commission has recently decided to send reasoned opinions to these Member States. If the Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice.


New Research Says Renewables Can Help Insulate UK’s Economy against Fossil Fuel Price Shocks

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the wind, wave & tidal industry, has welcomed the publication of a report by Oxford Economics which demonstrates the role renewables can play in insulating the economy from spikes in fossil fuel prices.


Sudden increases in fossil fuel prices can be caused by instability in energy-producing countries, such as during the Libyan revolution, or very high increases in global demand, as was the case prior to 2008.


RenewableUK's Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber, said, "We've seen energy bills soar over the last eight years —increasing five times faster than household income. This increase has been driven by the rising cost of fossil fuel. It's clear that we need to find a way of cutting our dependence on gas, oil and coal — not just to combat climate change, but to limit these unpredictable rises. This report demonstrates that renewables can play that role, eventually helping to cut the impact of future price hikes by up to half by 2050. The Government's Energy Bill, due to be published next week, must ensure that the expansion of renewable energy is at the heart of our energy strategy. We already know that by 2020 renewables can deliver tens of thousands of jobs and billions of pounds of investment — today's report reaffirms they're the best option for cash-strapped households too."



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